A crucial component to any skin care formulation is the need to establish an effective preservative system. The climate that is Australia requires a certain level of preservation to skincare products to help inhibit microbial growth. You wouldn’t want to find that your body butter got mouldy and icky after a few weeks, would you?! Any recipe that includes water in it or any product that may get water in it NEEDS a preservative. That includes most lotions and creams & scrubs.
Preservatives we use.
Optiphen Plus is a globally approved liquid preservative developed for paraben and formaldehyde-free preservation. This blend of phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, Caprylyl Glycol and an emollient base is ideal for personal care products. The combination of all four ingredients offers effective protection against bacteria, yeast and mould growth.
Antioxidants we use.
Citrus Seed Extract or Grapefruit Seed Extract is extracted from the fruit peels, pulp and seeds of the grapefruit plant. Grapefruit extract is used as an anti-oxidant, antiseptic and disinfectant in cosmetics. Grapefruit extract is also non-toxic, environmentally safe, and quickly bio-degradable.Botanical Name: Citris grandis Part/s Used: Fresh seeds & fresh inner fruit peel.
Rosemary Extract is from the leaves of the Rosemary plant, and is high in anti-oxidant properties. In addition, it has also been reported to have some antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis.